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Lowell man accused of taking $37,000

A Lowell man is facing charges that he stole more than $37,000 from parking kiosks in the city while he worked as a technician for a private company that maintained the ­machines and collected the money, authorities said.

A Middlesex County grand jury indicted Richard Neveu, 51, Wednesday on charges of larceny over $250 and breaking and entering into a depository, District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.’s office said in a statement.

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An arraignment date for Neveu had not been scheduled as of Wednesday, and it was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer. He could not be reached for comment.

Neveu worked as a technician for Central Parking System Inc., a Nashville-based company with a Boston office that maintained the kiosks and collected the funds for deposit in a local bank, according to authorities.

The company hired an auditor in September 2011 to compare electronic kiosk reports with deposit records, the statement said, and the review showed that over $37,000 had never made it to the bank.

Neveu reportedly signed a document agreeing to pay the city $14,000 in restitution after the head of the parking department and a company consultant confronted him about the missing funds, and he was also fired, the statement said.

According to Leone’s office, Neveu was hired in 2009 and he was usually the only person during his period of employment who accessed the kiosks.

Spokesmen for Central Parking could not be reached for comment on Wednesday night.

“This defendant showed a complete disregard for the job he was hired to do and violated the trust of the City of Lowell,” Leone said in a statement.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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